Category Archives: Reading

Kids and the Decline of Reading, Part 2: What We Can Do As Authors

In case you missed it, I posted last week about the decline of reading among kids (particularly teens), and how we could head that off at home. Some good ideas were generated, and I came away from the discussion with a particularly … Continue reading

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Kids and the Decline of Reading, Part 1: What We Can Do At Home

As a mother of a 5- and 6-year-old, I’m always curious about reading trends in the kid world, and how to get children to like reading. I know that reading is on the decline with kids, but I was still … Continue reading

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10 Editorial Steps From the Agent “Call” to Published Book

I am ever so excited to hand the reins over to the fabulous Martina Boone, author of Compulsion, book 1 in the Heirs of Watson Island trilogy. There’s a few reasons for this. First, if you don’t know Martina, well, … Continue reading

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Becca’s Favorite Reads of 2014

For some unfathomable reason, my library keeps no list of the books I’ve checked out—which is really annoying when I want to reference a book in a blog post or refer a good read to someone else and I CANNOT REMEMBER THE … Continue reading

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Workspace Pictures & Our 2015 Charity Selection

Boy, we had are some great pictures come in from our 100,000 Book Milestone Giveaway. It is so neat to peer at your work spaces, meet your pets and see your smiling faces in all of these pictures. Too, the … Continue reading

Posted in About Us, Contests, Emotion Thesaurus Guide, Positive & Negative Thesaurus Guides, Reading, Uncategorized | 19 Comments

5 Steps To Find Your Book’s Ideal Audience

There’s nothing quite like seeing a book with your name on it. The beautiful cover, the weight of it in your hands, the pages of your creativity bundled into a package for readers to enjoy. It sits o the shelf–maybe … Continue reading

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Introverts, Incredible Reviewers & Flawed Heroes

I know it’s only Tuesday, but what a crazy week! My kids are off school for exams, so I’m taking them to see the dentist, doctor and to get their eyes tested, plus I’m trying to finish all the necessary … Continue reading

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Prologue Done Right

I’ve read a lot of good books this year, but my favorite is Ruta Sepetys’ Between Shades of Gray. I was so taken with that story that I picked up another of her books: Out of the Easy. At that … Continue reading

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Love YA? Visit YA Series Insiders!

Today Becca and I are wandering off the beaten track of writing to hop onto the path of YA reading. We are super excited to share with you a new group forming that is sure to become a wonderful and … Continue reading

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Need Online Exposure? Asking Bloggers For Help

Recently I posted a tip on Facebook regarding the wrong way to contact bloggers for exposure after being “cold call” emailed myself. The cliff note version is that a marketing person sent me a form letter asking for book exposure, … Continue reading

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